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Top 25 Most Underrated Players in World Football For 2015

It truly is a golden era for football – "soccer" for the majority of you in North America – in that fans can, through the magic of multiple sports television channels and also the Internet, actively follow the best of the best top-flight leagues in the world. The English Premier League, Serie A, and La Liga are all available to American sports fans via different TV packages, and the Bundesliga will soon be featured in the United States via FOX Sports. It is safe to claim that there has never been a better time to be a follower of the world's game, as the popularity of football is growing even with a population that, in the past, had largely ignored the sport.

Odds are that anybody who even stumbled upon this piece is aware of the individuals who are the top players in world football today. Men such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have become household names around the world, even in countries where football is, at best, a second-tier sport that is rarely thought of except once every four years. Because of the World Cup, television deals that broadcast international leagues around the world and also worldwide advertising campaigns, Messi and Ronaldo are on par with athletes such as LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning and Sidney Crosby in North America.

Due to the popularity of world football in 2015, not all of the men who check in on the list of the most underrated players in the game today will be anonymous to even casual observers of the sport. In fact, the player who starts things out made history due to the enormous transfer fee that he fetched only a couple of years ago. He continues to be disrespected by far too many fans and analysts who, for reasons that escape the mind, refuse to list him among the top players in the world. That is going to change sooner rather than later.

22 25. Gareth Bale

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21 24. Bradley Wright-Phillips

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20 22. Nathan Burns

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19 21. Hugo Lloris

18 20. Sydney Leroux

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17 19. Robbie Keane

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16 17. Gervinho

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15 16. Rubio Rubin

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Rubin is either underrated or slightly overrated depending on how you look at the matter. A product out of the academy of the Portland Timbers, Rubin chose to make the move overseas early into his career and sign with FC Utrecht. Eligible to play for both Mexico and the United States, Rubin elected to play for the US, and he has performed for his nation at the under-17, under-20 and under-23 levels. Some have referred to Rubin as the next Landon Donovan, which may be a bit of a stretch at this point of his career.

14 15. Nuri Sahin

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13 14. Enner Valencia

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12 13. Daley Blind

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11 12. Andrew Robertson

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10 11. Christine Sinclair

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9 10. Miralem Pjanic

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8 9. Ivan Rakitic

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7 8. Edin Dzeko

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6 7. Christian Eriksen

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5 6. Loris Karius

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4 5. Neil Taylor

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3 4. Seydou Doumbia

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Where exactly one would put Kroos in a list of underrated footballers all depends on how you rate him as of the winter of 2015. While he has been respected for his work on the pitch since he joined up with Bayern Munich in 2010, it was at the 2014 FIFA World Cup when the world truly started taking notice on his greatness. His play on the world's biggest stage attracted the interest of Real Madrid, and the Spanish giants pounced at the opportunity and signed him in July. He has thus far been worth the investment.

2 2. Michael Bradley

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1 1. Harry Kane

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Admit it: You underestimated Harry Kane. I underestimated Harry Kane. Everybody underestimated Harry Kane. The young Tottenham Hotspur star emerged seemingly out of nowhere to become the best striker in the Premier League for 2014-15, and it will only be a matter of time before he is the first player selected for the England Men's National Team. Not since the days of Gareth Bale, which weren't that long ago, have Spurs had a talent like Kane, and Real Madrid have already scouted the front man several times. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy needs to make it clear that Kane will not be for sale this coming summer.

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